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Paul Ryan on a Fast-Track for Primary Win

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Monday, 08 Aug 2016 10:36 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Even before Donald Trump’s endorsement of Paul Ryan on Friday, signs were strong that the speaker of the house was headed to a big renomination in Wisconsin’s 1st District.

With the primary less than 24 hours away, a just-completed Remington Research Poll showed that among likely GOP voters district wide, Ryan led challenger Paul Nehlen by a whopping 80 percent to 14 percent.

“Nehlen’s campaign has been a lot of sound but not much fury,” Cameron Sholty, communications director for the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty and a longtime conservative activist, told me on Sunday.

If the polls are proven correct Tuesday, it will mean failure of the third major attempt to defeat a powerful House Republican. Earlier this year, both House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (Texas) and Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (Pennsylvania) survived spirited primary challenges.

The last such primary challenge to succeed was in 2012, when educator David Brat unseated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia’s 7th District.

Like Trump, first-time office-seeker Nehlen (a business owner) has run as a hard-line opponent of illegal immigration. He is a solid supporter of the presidential nominee’s signature issue of a wall along the Mexican border. Moreover, whereas Trump has suggested a ban on all Muslims from countries with a record of terrorism coming to the U.S., Nehlen has actually hinted he would go further.

“Are you suggesting that we deport all of the Muslims in this country?” Chicago radio host Dan Proft asked Nehlen during a recent interview.

“I’m suggesting we have a discussion about it, that’s for sure,” Nehlen said.

When insurgent primary candidates have defeated incumbent lawmakers by making the case they “lost touch” with their constituents while in Washington D.C., Ryan is untouchable to the charge.

Numerous press outlets have reported the speaker’s regular Thursday-night-to-Monday-morning returns to his district, which includes a daily regimen of exercise, Saturday night dinners with friends, and Sunday Mass at a local Catholic Church.

National conservative organizations and figures have frequently worked together and sometimes — and, as in Brat’s race against Cantor — successfully on behalf of challengers to seasoned incumbent. But there is no united front against Ryan. The lone conservative figures to weigh in for Nehlen are Phyllis Schlafly of the Eagle Forum, 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, and author Ann Coulter.

“And, quite honestly, I have been active in the conservative cause here for north of 10 years, with FreedomWorks and in the state legislature, and Nehlen has never been on my radar,” said Cameron Sholty.

As much as the press makes of it, Trump’s blessing of Ryan for renomination is probably something more beneficial to the presidential hopeful than to the congressman who doesn’t seem to need it.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

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As much as the press makes of it, Trump’s blessing of Ryan for renomination is probably something more beneficial to the presidential hopeful than to the congressman who doesn’t seem to need it.
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